Author: Helen Farrell

Editor-in-Chief of The Florentine, Helen writes about food, wine and all things literary. Helen manages The Florentine's translation and copywriting department. She is also a freelance contributor to Decanter, Newsweek and Der Feinschmecker. Email her at and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
December 7, 2017

Mugello machines

A turn around the La Marzocco coffee machine factory, tucked away on an unassuming industrial block due west of Borgo San Lorenzo, is like a tour of the Willy Wonka factory. No golden ticket needed: in fact it’s free.       Currently celebrating its ninetieth anniversary, nothing can prepare you for the intricacy behind […]
December 1, 2017

Expat circles in Florence

Florence’s siren call has long attracted foreigners since the city became a fixture on the nineteenth-century European Grand Tour. The Florentine columnist Deirdre Pirro describes many of these colourful characters in her 2017 book, Famous Expats in Italy. What’s interesting is the sociological urge we stranieri feel to gather among ourselves. In no way do […]
November 30, 2017

Winter at the wineries

Can you think of a merrier place to spend Christmas than in cantina? The concept almost sees me cancelling my flights north, but at least these pre-Natale events make stocking up on Tuscan tinctures simpler than Santa’s job of sliding down the chimney.       140 years young     Ruffino is a Tuscan treasure: […]
November 25, 2017

No more violence against women: events in Tuscany

On November 25, thousands of people throughout Tuscany are expected to take to the streets as a mark of solidarity for the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
November 16, 2017

2018 Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

Here’s an overview to 2018 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany, which vaunts three new entries: Poggio Rosso, Osteria Perillà and Cum Quibus.
November 2, 2017

A chat with Benjamin Wohlauer

On the SelectUSA program, his priorities and favorite off-duty spots
October 31, 2017

Interview with Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence

On mass tourism, anti-terrorism efforts, the international student community and more
October 30, 2017

The Bolgheri of Pisa

A leisurely half-hour drive down the picturesque via Vecchia Aurelia and Strada Comunale di Montescudaio takes you from brassy Bolgheri to another brilliant wine region. Ribarbella sits prettily in the Pisa province, the town dating to 1034 and named after the sandy white tufa soil (“Ripa Albella” in Latin, meaning “white bank”).   Tuscan vinophiles […]
October 27, 2017

Gurdulù: a review

Gurdulù is a glamorous restaurant with gourmet aspirations in the Oltrarno’s via delle Caldaie, a few turns from piazza Santo Spirito.
October 26, 2017

A conversation with Cecilie Hollberg

On a high-season day more than 8,000 people visit the Accademia, making it the second most visited museum in Italy after the Uffizi. Director of the Accademia Cecilie Hollberg spoke with The Florentine about the challenges and complexities of running the popular gallery. Cecilie Hollberg | Ph. Leo Cardini Helen Farrell: Earlier this year, an […]